United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Two Fresno Men Sentenced To Federal Prison For Conspiring To Commit Postal Crimes
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Monday, May 21, 2012
Docket #: 1:11-cr-00379-AWI, 1:11-cr-00380-AWI
FRESNO, Calif. — Jerry Jay Her, 31, and Xiong Vang, aka Blong Vang, aka Cheng Veng, 24, both of Fresno, were sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii for conspiring to commit postal crimes. Jerry Jay Her was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Xiong Vang was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.
According to court documents, in September 2011, Her and his co-conspirators were in possession of stolen mail belonging to more than 50 victims. They also had a stolen postal lock that belonged to the U.S. Postal Service and handmade counterfeit postal keys designed to open community mailboxes in the Fresno area. Xiong Vang had at least three handmade counterfeit postal keys on August 17, 2011. It was part of the conspiracy that Her, Vang and their co-conspirators altered checks stolen from the mail by removing the original payee’s name and inserting their own names in order to fraudulently obtain funds from individuals and financial institutions.
On April 30, 2012, co-conspirator Travis Chieng was sentenced to four months in prison and on May 7, 2012, co-conspirator John Vang was sentenced to four years and three months in prison, all as a result of their participation in the conspiracy.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Fresno Police Department and the Fresno District Attorney’s Office. It was brought as part of a joint-initiative working group led by the United States Attorney’s Office to combat identity theft crimes in the San Joaquin Valley. Assistant United States Attorney Grant B. Rabenn prosecuted the case.